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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

LIFE FYI: Governor Crist Signs Senate Bill 1908 -Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

The only real reference to “homeschooling” in this bill concerns the Electronic Personal Education Plan:

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Electronic Personal Education Plan
The bill requires an annual review of each high school student’s electronic Personal Education Plan (ePEP). This will take effect in the 2009-10 school year, when entering 9th graders are required to have completed an ePEP in order to be promoted from 8th grade. Those who enter high school that year or after without an ePEP, including students who completed 8th grade out of state, in a private school, or who were home schooled, must be given assistance in creating a plan. ...

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There is additional reference to “home school” but that’s with respect to a student’s “home” district school. You might want to familiarize yourself with the bill, just to be informed and in the event you're putting a child in school, or considering taking one out, or utilizing district services. Click here for complete SB 1908 info.

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See also :

Florida Standards web site
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards update

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GOVERNOR CRIST SIGNS SENATE BILL 1908
The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding Governor Crist Signs Senate Bill 1908. The memorandum may be viewed at:

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5052/k12-2008-90.pdf (Memo)

http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5053/k12-2008-90a.pdf (Attachment A)

By signing Senate Bill 1908, the Governor has kept Florida on a path to increased student achievement. Within this bill are several components in line with the Next Generation initiatives I have been discussing around the state, namely the adoption of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, revision of the factors used to grade high schools, and the assessment of college readiness. These changes will impact education programs and services at all levels in Florida.

In addition, there are many other important topics addressed in Senate Bill 1908 that I wanted to bring to your attention as soon as possible (listed below). A summary of each is contained in the attached document and further technical assistance will be provided as identified under each topic. In the meantime, please feel free to use the contact information provided to seek answers to your questions.


COMPONENTS OF SENATE BILL 1908
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
The State Board of Education shall review the Sunshine State Standards and replace them with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards prior to December 31, 2011.

• The reading content standards (adopted in January 2007), mathematics content standards (adopted in September 2007), and science content standards (adopted in February 2008) meet the specified requirements for Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and will not be revised again before December 2011.

• The social studies, health education, and physical education standards, which will be submitted to the State Board of Education for adoption at their October 2008 meeting, will also meet the requirements to be Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

• The content standards for Language Arts (adopted in January 2007) must be revised and replaced to comply with new requirements, specifically, identifying significant literary genres and authors that encompass a comprehensive range of historical periods.

• The State Board of Education approved a timeline for the revision of content standards at their June 2008 meeting which is available at this Web site: http://www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/2008_06_17/Next%20Gen%20Stan.pdf.

A rule will be developed to establish a schedule for the periodic review and revision of the standards by the end of the year.

Contact: Todd Clark, Chief Bureau of Instruction and Innovation
Todd.Clark@fldoe.org
(850) 245-0764

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